Earth Defence Force 2017

Format: Xbox 360

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Age Restrictions: 12+
30 March 2007

Planet earth is under attack from alien invaders and the Earth Defence Force is mankind's only real chance of survival. As part of this crack fighting squad you must battle against giant alien invaders in your quest to ensure that mankind lives to fight another day...

Earth Defence Force 2017 throws players on to the front lines of an onslaught of extraterrestrial invaders, with swarms of enemies on screen at once.

In each level you have the option to choose the difficulty level - the more difficult you opt for the more the weapons upgrades you will be rewarded with. You start off with a relatively simple mission - find and destroy the swarm of giant mechanical alien ants that are causing havoc in the middle of the city. But that's just the start of your problems. As you progress through the levels you'll come up against hordes of alien Invaders. Not only will you have to stand your ground against giant ants and spiders, but there are also robots and monsters standing more than 20 stories tall to deal with too. With non-stop swarms of literally hundreds of enemies on screen at once, your heart will be racing as you fight to stay alive.

You can carry two weapons at once. You choose these before each level begins. Eventually, once you've unlocked the numerous weapons available, you be able to choose between 150 weapon variations. These including assault rifles, rocket launchers, flamethrowers and grenades. But be careful where you aim - some of the more powerful weapons will also bring down the city's buildings - as well as other members of your team if they stray into your line of fire.

You can either play alone, with the support of computer AI-controlled Earth Defence Force team mates, or you can join forces with live team mates in co-op mode and battle together.

While the graphics may not be at the cutting edge of gaming technology, the developers have used this to their advantage - presenting us with a retro Hollywood b-movie feel to the whole game. To be brutally honest the graphics are not really important. It's the game play that will suck you in and keep you playing.

The game's price tag (a bargain £25) is another reason to snap this up. A great piece of mindless fun awaits those who join forces to defend the earth.

Nick Smithson

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